Month: January 2021

Year in Photos – Week 5

This week allowed for a few more interesting shots. I played around with some new gear and went out looking for different subjects. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and when it’s safe to go further from home. There are many areas in southern Ontario that I want to explore.

January 25, 2021

I left the camera at home today to spend more time with my wonderful wife on her birthday. She even let me take a quick(ish) iPhone photo of her.

iPhone XR – 4.25mm – f1.8 – 1/140 sec – ISO 25

We enjoyed a walk around the Laurel Creek Conservation Area after work and some family time via Zoom.

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Year in Photos – Week 4

This week was a bit quieter and I didn’t get out as much as I would have liked. The dead of winter certainly didn’t help. Some new trails, new perspectives, and some very unimpressed pets.

January 18, 2021

I often start and end the day with reading a novel. It’s a great way to ease into the day before I have to get moving for work.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f3.5 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

Likewise, at the end of the day, when I want to wind down so that I can sleep, even a few pages of a book is all it takes.

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Year in Photos – Week 3

With the impending Polar Vortex expected to hit southern Ontario in late-January, I’m hoping to use the time before then to get outside more, which means more outdoor photography. I realized, after I finished editing the pictures, that I used the same lens all week. The Canon EFS 18-135mm lens is a nice all-around lens that can provide both a wide field of view for landscapes, and a zoomed in shot of a specific subject. It’s also really nice when I’m out hiking and may not have time to switch lenses.

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Year in Photos – Week 2

January 4, 2021

I was last in the office on March 13th, 2020. Since then, I have been working from home full time. One of the benefits, aside from no commute and endless coffee, is that I have more time to make use of my turntable.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/10 sec – ISO 640

January 5, 2021

I haven’t posted many pictures of my pets, but until last year, we had two cats and two dogs. In the course of three months we lost one cat and one dog. I guess that’s 2020 for you. Luckily we still have a couple pets and Lilo certainly doesn’t seem to mind the extra attention

Canon 80D – EFS18-135mm – 42mm – f4.5 – 1/13 sec – ISO 1000

Just say the word “forest” or “walk” and she runs for the front door. With a year of photos coming your way, expect her to make a repeat appearance. This picture really captures her calm demeanour.

January 6, 2021

One of the great things about where we live is there are actually a fair number of trails within walking distance. On this particular day, I took Lilo for a walk through a couple of neighbourhoods and explored some new trails.

Canon 80 D – EFS18-135mm – 35mm – f4.5 – 1/100 sec – ISO 200

This particular trail followed a creek and a hydro corridor. It was nice quiet walk and I’m glad I was able to find somewhere new. I love how this tree seems to have been shaped by the wind that has blown through the hydro corridor.

January 7, 2021

Since early in the pandemic, like many other people, I found the time to try some new baking recipes. One of the ones that I’ve enjoyed playing with is sourdough.

Canon 80D – EF 50mm – 50mm – f1.8 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

More a science experiment than baking, the techniques for sourdough bread can either make or break a loaf. After several months, I’m ready to expand to different kinds of flavours.

January 8, 2021

Just to the west of Waterloo, in the small town of Millbank, Ontario, there is a business known as The Orange Barn. From December to March, during the first weekend of the month, they sell citrus in 20 and 40 pound cases. They also sell different kinds of nuts and, before the pandemic, local baking. Usually, you would line-up outside for more than hour, sometimes in the bitter cold, just to stock up on this top quality fruit.

Canon 80D – EFS18-135mm – 50mm – f5.0 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 400

This year they have opted to do a drive-thru pickup. A 45-minute wait in a warm car, with the radio on, was a much more pleasant experience. The line moved smoothly and the oranges are so sweet, they’re almost like candy.

January 9, 2021

We were able to get out to a local forest on Saturday and enjoy the mild winter temperatures. I wasn’t sure this particular shot was going to turn out, as I was trying to capture the snow falling from the trees.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 18mm – f3.5 – 1/800 sec – ISO 200

The light reflected off the snow, without washing out the rest of the picture, with the added bonus of long shadows.

January 10, 2021

While we had a goal of 52 hikes in 2020, and managed to achieve 75 instead, this year we aren’t setting a specific goal. Instead we are trying to get out as often as possible. We both love the outdoors, and it seems more important than ever to enjoy it.

Canon 80D – EFS 18-135mm – 72mm – f5.0 – 1/320 sec – ISO 200

The conservation area was much busier than we are used to, especially in the winter time. With rising cases of COVID-19, we wore our masks for the entire hike. The bonus is that they really help keep your face warm!

Year in Photos

With 2020 behind me, I feel like it is a good opportunity to start a new photography project. I want to be sure that I’m taking time everyday to snap at least one picture. While I will endeavour to use my Canon 80D for most shots, every now and then an opportunity comes up when I only have an iPhone. The idea behind this project is to document the day-to-day, including the mundane. I’ll be posting once a week with the previous week’s photos.

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